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Animal Chiropractic/Spinal Manipulation

WHAT IS VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC/SPINAL MANIPULATION?

Spinal manipulation therapy (i.e. animal chiropractic) involves the relationship between the nervous system and the spinal column and the critical role this relationship has in the maintenance of overall health. The nervous system is responsible for initiating and coordinating all signals of movement by stimulating the muscles that are attached to the skeletal system. 

Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional (also referred to as misalignment or "subluxation"), it can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord and going to the all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected, and left unattended, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire well being and quality of life. 

WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?

A chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is a low amplitude, high velocity thrust  that is directed at a specific articulation to correct a vertebral subluxation.  Chiropractic medicine is designed to stimulate a natural healing response and return the body to homeostasis as quickly as possible without harmful side effects.

WHAT ISSUES CAN VETERINARY SPINAL MANIPULATION THERAPY BE USED TO TREAT?

  • Gait Abnormalities
  • Abnormal weight bearing
  • Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
  • Muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, and nerve problems
  • Maintenance of joint and spinal health
  • Unexplained lameness
  • Difficulty chewing/jaw issues
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Performance enhancement
  • Prevention of disease
  • Osteoarthritis relief

HOW OFTEN ARE ADJUSTMENTS PERFORMED?

The number and frequency of adjustments is determined by the disease or condition being treated, the age of the animal, and the species of animal.  Many acute conditions may only require one or two treatments, whereas chronic conditions may need monthly adjustments.  Typically, it may be recommended that your pet be adjusted 2-3 times at 2 to 4 week intervals, then maintenance as needed.